Selected by their classmates as positive influencers, the graduates embrace their virtual role.
Photo illustration by Amy Bucci
Traditionally class marshals, selected by their classmates as leaders based on their enthusiasm, integrity, and positive impact on others, march at the front of the commencement procession as it enters the Green to start the ceremony.
Although the Class of 2020 will not march onto the Green led by their classmates bearing flags and honorary batons engraved with their names, these marshals are leading off the virtual ceremony with words of encouragement and congratulations for a historic graduating class.
Hometown: Bayfield, Wis.Major: Native American Studies
As a leader of Native Americans at Dartmouth (NAD), Elsa Armstrong '20 worked to strengthen and expand the community for the next generations of Indigenous students.
What is your message to the Class of 2020 in this unusual graduation year?
"Today we celebrate our graduation from Dartmouth College in a way none of us could have anticipated four years ago. I hope that you find the time and space today to reflect on the past four years and feel the immense pride you should about your accomplishments. WE DID IT!"
Hometown: Cheshire, Conn.Major: MS in Computer Science
At Dartmouth, James Brown '20 built machine-learning models to predict the actions of terrorist groups, coauthored a book, and served as the Graduate Student Council's finance officer.
Message to '20s?
"The circumstances of our graduation do not lesson the achievements we are here to celebrate. These extraordinary times will provide us with the strength to better our world."
Hometown: Mahwah, N.J.Major: Linguistics modified with global health, and anthropology modified with human-centered design
As the author of two honors theses, the founder of Access Dartmouth, and a singer and actress, Jessica Campanile '20 has dedicated her Dartmouth career to academics, advocacy, and the arts.
"Congratulations! Though our Dartmouth experience didn't culminate the way we hoped, we have gained a collective resilience and strength that has equipped us to make our impact in a changing world."
Hometown: Sugar Land, TexasMajor: Economics and Computer Science
Anjali Chikkula '20 is senior class president, she has served as a Student Assembly senator, an undergraduate adviser, and an academic tutor. She is also a member of the Committee on Standards and the Organizational Adjudication Committee and she served as president of the South Asian Student Association.
"To my fellow '20s, while this graduation may not be what we envisioned, you mustn't forget all you accomplished during your time. Take today to reflect on and celebrate all you have achieved!"
Hometown: Hong KongMajor: Economics modified with Computer Science, Psychology double major, Theater minor
Charlotte Chui '20 has dedicated her time at Dartmouth toward integrating her various academic passions with her love for the arts.
"Graduating now positions us to bring forth change. More than ever, we must use our voices to create a stronger, kinder, and more just future for all."
Hometown: East Williston, N.Y.Major: Government
Luke Cuomo '20 studied government and public policy, served as Student Assembly president, studied at Oxford, and founded the Dartmouth meme page.
"We shouldn't let our time at Dartmouth be defined by the one term that we lost, but rather the 11 incredible terms that we spent together."
Hometown: Denver, Colo.Major: PhD, Ecology, Evolution, Environments an Society
Rebecca Finger Higgens studies the impact of climate change on vulnerable global ecosystems. Her dissertation research focuses on the drying tundra of western Greenland.
"Let's pull strength for the future from what we have already overcome. Remember that we are often most proud of what came about in the most trying of times."
Hometown: Thousand Oaks, Calif.Major: Economics
Garrett Muscatel '20 was heavily involved in politics at Dartmouth, working with the College Democrats and even being elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives to protect student voting rights.
"We graduate into a new chapter not only in our lives but in history. Let's lean into this opportunity and be the leaders our country and world need."
Hometown: Framingham, Mass.Major: Environmental Studies
Esther Oluokun '20 has dedicated her time at Dartmouth to developing and reimagining spaces for her black peers. A leader and mentor in the Soyeya African Dance Troupe, The Dartmouth Rockapellas, Black Praxis, FYSEP, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, she has been a positive force in all corners of campus.
"We are leaders, game-changers, and revolutionaries. Some ask why our four years had to wrap up in the messiest of bows. We shouldn't have expected anything less. Revolutions never come in pretty packages."
Hometown: Mantorville, Minn.Major: MD
While studying medicine, Griffin Reed developed a passion for rheumatology and dedicated his extra-curricular time to teaching medical topics and healthy cooking to the elderly.
"Our class and families have sacrificed much to achieve this degree. We owe it to the memory of those sacrifices to celebrate joyously and engage passionately in our work and communities. I'm proud of you all!"
Hometown: Waimea, Big Island, HawaiiMajor: Engineering Sciences and Anthropology Modified
Juan Rosales '20 immersed himself in the diverse communities of Dartmouth. He was editor-in-chief of the Aegis yearbook, served as a co-president of Hokupa'a, Dartmouth's Native Hawaiian and Indigenous Islander student group, and was a leader in Cabin and Trail.
"What a time it has been. These past four years have been quite a show, and who knows what the next four years hold. Through all this, as we move forward, do whatever you think you need to do and whatever will make you happy. And don't forget—have some good vibes while you're at it."
Hometown: Annapolis, Md.Major: Creative Writing
Ellie Nan Storck studied creative writing in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) program. She served as the graduate student activities coordinator, tutored for the Native American Program, and was the digital editor for Clamantis, the MALS journal.
"While this celebratory day is not at all what we expected, I hope we can collectively embrace the uncertainty and keep our Dartmouth experience close to our hearts as we begin the next adventure! Congrats, fellow grads!"
Hometown: Wilmington, Mass.Major: Geography modified with Engineering Sciences
Hanover "Han" Vale '20 served as the president of Casque and Gauntlet Senior Society, was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, and worked to carve out spaces for underrepresented voices at Dartmouth and in the Upper Valley.
"While the world we are graduating into may not be the one we could've ever anticipated, I've seen time and time again that we all possess the incredible talents, kindness, and resiliency to make it through. Thanks, Dartmouth, for a truly unforgettable four years."
Hometown: Philadelphia, Penn.Major: MBA
Caroline Wells is an MBA candidate at the Tuck School of Business, where she is the student body president, a Center for Business, Government, and Society Fellow, and a Tuck admissions associate.
"Be strong and meet the moment! The unique circumstance of this year's graduation doesn't take away from this accomplishment, it only adds to it. This is a historic class!"